Chants keep it close, fall to High Point 77-74

Chants drop home test to High Point

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAY – The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team led by one with under 30 seconds to play Wednesday night inside The HTC Center but a miscue on offense and and a pair of missed 3-pointers allowed the High Point Panthers to steal a 77-74 victory on CCU's home court.

Sophomore Badou Diagne led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds. He was 9-12 from the field including 2-4 from three. He also knocked down his lone attempt at the free throw line.

The loss drops the Chants record to 13-10 overall and 6-3 in Big South play while the win propels High Point's record to 10-12 overall and 6-3 in Big South action.

CCU had 18 turnovers in the game and none more costly then at the 25 second mark when HPU's Devante Wallace stole a pass from freshman Elijah Wilson and laid it in to give HPU a 75-74 lead.

Wilson scored 16 points in the game for the Chants while junior Warren Gillis scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Gillis and junior Josh Cameron combined for 11 of CCU's 18 turnovers in the game. Cameron's 16-game double-digit scoring streak also came to an end as he scored eight points on 3-7 shooting.

High Point had four scorers in double-figures including preseason Big South Player of the Year John Brown who scored 19 points. Wallace added 17 points while Adam Weary chipped in 14. The final double-digit scorer was Lorenzo Cugini with 11 points.

Coastal out-rebounded the Panthers 29-25 and had a better shooting percentage 52.7 percent to 49.1 percent but it was not enough. Both teams combined to go 22-23 from the free throw line with Coastal hitting 9-9 and HPU going 13-14.

The Chants will return to action this Saturday at 2 pm as Coastal hosts Longwood University in Big South action.